Searching for a job is a lot like competing in the Olympics. You have to train with dedication for years in order to be competitive; and the event usually requires you bring your “A” game, present yourself well, and display all your years of training.
A lot of the time, it’s the person with the most natural talent and practice that brings home the medal, but sometimes, the lead takes a tumble in the middle of the run or the underdog presents himself better. In the job market, it’s your attitude that’s competing for gold.
Here’s a look at three traits you should radiate if you want to show the “judges” that you’re a winner.
- Passion and Enthusiasm
Employers want to hire people who do a job because they love it, not just because they need a job. Your enthusiasm for the position will come through in your words and also in the amount of preparation you put in before the interview. Take time to research the company, its competitors, and the person interviewing you, so you can show that you’re ready to jump in.
Earlier this year, Inc. Magazine looked at some of the job interview questions Google asks. “How many ways can you think of to find a needle in a haystack?” and “Estimate the number of tennis balls that can fit into a plane.” made the list. A good portion of creativity is ingrained in who you are, but you can also encourage creative thought within yourself by working out difficult problems, such as those asked by Google. You may not be prepared for all the questions asked of you in an interview, but if your brain has been trained for creative thought, you’re sure to leave an impression on the interviewer.
Research from the University of California at Riverside shows that having a positive outlook matters from a moment you walk into the interview. Numerous studies have linked being happy and conveying positivity to better interviews and improved long-term job satisfaction. It impacts whether you’re asked to come back for a follow-up, how the interviewers rate your level of skill, and whether they believe you’ll be productive in a collaborative environment. Your positivity also carries over into whether you’ll be happy on the job, feel satisfied with your work, and how much you earn, so it’s important to actually feel positive, not just fake it to get through the interview. In “6 Ways to Become More Positive Today,” an article for Psychology
Today, Gregory L. Jantz Ph.D. indicates that this is a matter of reprogramming yourself. “Initially, it might be hard to stop the negative flow of thoughts,” he writes. “This shift takes time. Be patient with yourself, and first just try to observe your thought patterns.”
Your attitude matters every bit as much, and sometimes more than, the skills you list on your resume. Be mindful of how you present yourself. Develop these essential traits within yourself and you just might find yourself in the winner’s circle.
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